Back to school for mini-bus drivers

What took place

Mini-bus owners, drivers and conductors in Georgetown have to go back to school. This follows complaints from several sources.

These complaints have long been mounting and most are about the deplorable ways of the majority of them – reckless driving, bad manners and overloading. The Guyana Police Force has had enough and wants them not only to stop their uncivilized behaviour but also to correct it.

And the police mean business. About 40 of these mini-bus people were taught the correct use of the roads, how to treat their passengers, and generally what is expected of them on the highways, streets and byways.

These were from buses which ply the 41 Route (East/West; Lodge/South) in Georgetown had all been taken to the East La Penitence Police Station for minor traffic offences. The offences included having a broken park light and defective number plate.

Ranks from the station spoke to the errant persons about the proper use of the roads, according to the Guyana Chronicle.

Police Public Relations Officer  John Sauers said such exercises are routine and are being carried out throughout the country and do not constitute a campaign targeting a specific set of persons.

Commentators’ views

Hurrah! was how the move to censure the mini-bus people was greeted. The vast majority of people praised the police and say that such a move was long overdue.

Frederick Hoad said that it was time that the police rescued people from, what he termed, “the animalistic behaviour” of the mini-bus people. He spoke about their “don’t care” attitude, their lack of manners, abusive behaviour, use of obscene language, general hostility and lack of respect for the people and for the law.

Savitri Roopnarine praised the police and spoke about the disrespect of mini-bus people and their reckless driving. “We are forced to travel with them but our lives are in their hands because of the way they drive:” she said.

What’s to come

Praises must be showered on the police who demonstrated good sense and their authority in carrying out that exercise aimed at correcting the behaviour of those deviant mini-bus people.

For too long they have been allowed to get away with their anti-social behaviour. So long that they firmly believe that it is the norm to get on in that uncivilised manner.

Loud music, lewd lyrics, disrespect for others, reckless driving and ignoring the law of the land are some of the hallmarks of that culture.

It must be stopped now. It is already too late, but the law enforcement agencies must not give up.

The Guyana Police Force ought to be congratulated on taking this long overdue move.

The police in the other Caribbean countries particularly in Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Jamaica, Grenada and St. Lucia ought to take note and follow the example of their Guyana police colleagues and put an end to this scourge of society.